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Lawyer uncertain of Assange's whereabouts

TT/The Local · 3 Sep 2010, 12:25

Published: 03 Sep 2010 12:25 GMT+02:00

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Lawyer Leif Silbersky added that Assange has not yet been summoned for questioning and has not yet been arrested on possible rape and sexual molestation charges.

"I do not keep close track of all of the hundreds of clients in my hands and know whether they are going abroad and visiting someone or not," Silbersky said.

In response to whether Assange is still in Sweden, Silbersky answered, "I would believe all of my clients are in Sweden, but I would guess that 50 percent are abroad, on holiday or otherwise."

Assange has still not been called in for questioning and as far as Silbersky knows, has not yet been arrested nor taken into custody.

Marianne Ny, director of the public prosecution authority, would not comment on whether she knows if Assange is in Sweden.

In response to Silbersky's statement, she said, "I imagine that Leif Silbersky can get in contact with his client without any problems, no matter where the client is located."

She said the risk of a person suspected of a serious crime leaving the country hangs in the balance when the prosecution is considering detaining someone.

Ny would not say whether Assange or another person had been called in for questioning, whether he was arrested, or if there is other evidence than the testimonies of the alleged victims. Releasing this information could harm the investigation, she believes.

Assange is suspected of assaulting two women late in August. One case is classified as rape, the other as sexual harassment and sexual molestation. Assange denies the crimes.

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The case has attracted intense international attention because WikiLeaks recently leaked extensive secret information from the Pentagon about the US war in Afghanistan and photos of American soldiers killing unarmed Iraqis. Conspiracy theories have flourished that the US government is behind the charges.

Assange has also applied for residence and work permits in Sweden so that he can become the legally responsible publisher of WikiLeaks, which is hosted in Sweden.

The move would grant him additional protection through Sweden's tough press freedom laws, which include heightened protection for controversial sources.

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14:09 September 3, 2010 by eZee.se
Which brings back the main question: Why were the rape and molestation 'suspicions'/charges leaked to the press in the first place.

If someone (not just Julian A but anybody in his position who travels regularly) was guilty in the beginning THATS when that person would have reason to leave Sweden ASAP.

There's absolutely no reason, in fact there are better reasons against, leaking his name to the press.

It's pretty hard to see this case in a court of law, the jumping kangaroos keep obstructing my view - just as they did in ThePirateBay case.
14:19 September 3, 2010 by AirForceGuy
Another case just like Roman Polanski's exodus from the U.S. to avoid going to jail for underage sex?
17:57 September 3, 2010 by Audrian
Julian is a simple individual with big ideas while his enemy, with unparallel power in human history, aims to squash anybody who stands on its way for world domination. His assumption that he will have protection in Sweden might be wrong. Either the Swedish government is under pressure to sabotage Julian's ambition or it is a clandestine operation by the CIA outside the knowledge of the Swedish government. Women on the fringe or ambition can be bought with or without their knowledge to participate in diabolic roles.
19:18 September 3, 2010 by mojofat
@Audrian If you have the opportunity to reread your comment, do you not find it a bit sexist and demeaning to women? Just curious...
22:44 September 3, 2010 by thebittertruth
@mojofat: what do you see as sexist in Audrian's statement? would it be sexist if some CIA operative had bought but a man to pose as their pawn if the VICTIM here was a woman? remember that in spy stories men are always used to screw out infos from women and vice versa. Are these spy stories sexist???....JUST CURIOUS
23:09 September 3, 2010 by Nomark
Is there any evidence that this is a CIA plot ??

To clarify, evidence is not the same thing as ill-informed internet speculation (though some people confuse the two things).
23:58 September 3, 2010 by eZee.se
"Women on the fringe or ambition can be bought with or without their knowledge to participate in diabolic roles. "

PEOPLE on the fringe or ambition can be bought with or without their knowledge to participate in diabolic roles.

Would you consider the above sexist as well? If no, why not? After all, women are people too right?

Some people are just wayyy to sensitive over nothing these days.
11:39 September 4, 2010 by Capey
@Air Force Guy

"Exodus from the US?" Since when? JA is not a US citizen so the US has no jurisdiction over him, since he has committed no crime in the US. He is an Australian citizen and a citizen of the world. Polanski's situation is noways comparable.
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